Pay TV - Premium Channels in Finland
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- Receiving Pay TV Channels: Access and Smart Cards
- Subscribing to Pay TV Channels
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- 'Cable TV'
At this site the term 'cable TV' only indicates the method of delivery of the television signal i.e. through a physical cable, as opposed to terrestrial (via antenna), or satellite.
- Finnish TV is All Digital
All terrestrial and cable television transmissions have been fully digital since 2008.
There are two steps to accessing Pay TV channels:
1) Subscription: To access premium channels - which are already in the signal to your house or apartment, but scrambled - you need to contact the local Pay TV company , review their channel selection, and purchase a subscription to the pay-TV channel package(s) you want.
2) Smart Card: You will then be provided with a smart card (also called TV card, smartcard, viewing card), which is inserted into the cardreader slot on your TV, set top box, or PVR / DVR.
Important: Smart cards cannot be directly inserted into all TVs! You may need to purchase a separate cardreader (kortinlukija) module which plugs into the CI slot of your TV. You then insert the smart card into the module.
DVB-C: 'Cable Buildings'
In most apartment buildings the housing company maintains a basic subscription with the local cable TV company on behalf of all tenants/shareholders. The signal is fed to all apartments, and typically includes the free-to-air channels plus a couple of extras. The documentation for your apartment will tell you what system and TV company your building uses. Your building manager or a neighbour can also tell you. The fee for basic cable is already included in your rent or maintenance fee. Everyone pays - individual apartments typically can't opt out.
DVB-T: 'Terrestrial Buildings'
Terrestrial buildings receive TV signals to an antenna rather than via cable. The housing companies typically have a similar deal to the cable situation above, and they will have a communal antenna and RF distribution system for all the apartments. Scrambled terrestrial pay channels will be available from different operators, and you can choose the channels/packages to subscribe to. Some buildings may not be set up to receive all the locally available channels.
There are almost 200 channels available, depending on your operator and package. To subscribe to additional, premium TV channels:
- Find out which operator your building already has a basic subscription to
- Go to your operator's home page
- Almost all the sites are in Finnish only
- Look for terms like Kaapeli-TV (Cable TV), Maksu-TV (Pay TV), Kanavakauppa (Channel Shop), Kanavakortti (Channel card), Kaapelikortti (Cable card)
- OR try opening the site in Google Translate: www.translate.google.com
- Find the channel package that sounds best and subscribe!
- If you cannot use the website, look for Asiakaspalveu (Customer Service) and call the operator
Over 30 free TV channels, with nearly 200 available using the Elisa Kanavakortti smart card. Packages include sports, movies, family, educational and more.
Sales: 0800 464646
Customer Service in English: 010 190 262 Mon-Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-16:30
- Aina www.aina.fi
- JNT www.jnt.fi
- Maxivision www.maxivision.fi > English
- TTV www.ttv.fi
- Telia www.telia.fi
- DNA TV www.dna.fi
*DNA and Telia have advised that visitors to Expat Finland do not fit their marketing profile.
Foreign residents in Finland have encountered obstacles with certain Finnish telecoms. For example, in 2016 Telia (formerly Sonera) published a short-lived 'Finns Only' policy for purchase of mobile devices by instalments. The Non-Discrimination Ombudsman indicated such a sales policy appeared to contravene Finland’s anti-discrimination laws. Source: Yle News
- Televisions & Set Top Boxes: Expat Finland's Television page details systems and equipment
- Satellite TV: Expat Finland's page on satellite TV providers, Sky TV in Finland, & Satellite TV packages
- Digita.fi > In English > Services: All about digital TV in Finland; channels, receivers, technology, coverage etc.
- Viestintävirasto: Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority
The Viestintävirasto site provides detailed technical, legal and consumer information about all forms of regulated communications in Finland. The main sections of interest are Internet & Telephone, TV & Radio, Post, and Information Security.
- TV & Radio section: Operations and networks, receiving TV broadcasts, radio programmes
- www.viestintavirasto.fi En, Fi, Sw